Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:
Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)
An impression of his paintings
at the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874
On this page you will find an impression of the 5+1hc=6 pictures that were shown by Alfred Sisley at the first ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 in Paris (catalogue numbers 161-165+hc). For several works I render two options. Several works exhibited depict the Seine and the surroundings of Marly, where Sisley than lived.
Chesnau (1874/05/07) comments that ‘La Seine à Port-Marly’ (no.163) is the ‘absolute realisation of the ambitions of the school’. Further more he writes: ‘I don’t know a painting nor from the past nor in the present that renders in a manner so complete, so perfect the physical sensation of the atmosphere of the ‘plein-air’ (R87,p270;R90I,p19). Note: If you double click on the first picture and then click on full screen, you can create a slideshow. Enjoy!
Account and sources:
See link for an account of the given suggestions (with references, translations, info, discussion, locations on Google-maps). Sometimes the indentification of a painting is ‘uncertain’, see more. Sometimes to ‘compare’ another picture is given that is (probably) similar to the painting that was exhibited. For explanation of the subscriptions, see here. For the general references see. For the references to internet pages (=iR) see. For the most used sources and the additional references (=aR) see at the bottom of the main page about Alfred Sisley.
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